Smart infrastructure

Delivering smart infrastructure—the smart way

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The department believes that its recent successes in delivering infrastructure projects were mostly due to strategic interventions in response to unanticipated project challenges in some communities, as well as the adoption of the IDMS as a delivery tool, and the implementation of groundbreaking innovations developed by its highly experienced and skilled project teams. The professional capacity of the department has also grown significantly in recent times, all due to the implementation of the 80:20 principle in regards to the technical versus administrative approach to human capital. However, there are certain systemic challenges that have, over the years, unduly impacted the build and construction environment in general, and the ability of the Gautent Department of Infrastructure Development to efficiently carry out its mandate as a central public infrastructure delivery arm of the province, in particular.

The department experiences a prevalence of infrastructure projects that exceed the originally planned implementation timeframe (at both the planning and construction phases). These delays to the delivery of the infrastructure projects often translate into cost overruns for the sector departments (clients). This further translates into delayed community infrastructure delivery in some areas of the province, something that the department would like to put to an end to as speedily as possible.

The National Development Plan is the main guiding document in respect of infrastructure development and the position that infrastructure plays in the improvement of the quality of life of citizens.

The department is committed to the effective and efficient delivery of quality infrastructure projects on time, and within budget. In this regard, the department is guided by the Transformation, Modernisation and Reindustrialisation Programme of the Gauteng Provincial Government through its Ten Pillars. The department contributes to the pillars of radical economic transformation, decisive spatial transformation and accelerated social transformation. The DID’s work also contributes to the modernisation of human settlements and the reindustrialisation of the province. 

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